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Title: Preparing for Adulthood and Work (SEND)

Pathway: Skills & Employability

Available Study Options:
Full Time Print

Study Option

There are currently no other study options available for this course.

What will I study?

Sensory and Communication Pathway: Pre-Entry Level 

Preparing for Adulthood: Entry Level

Preparing for Community Life: Entry Level

Preparing for Work: Entry Level

Oldham College offers 1 year personalised courses for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). Our entry level courses, Preparing for Adulthood and Preparing for Work, are both focused on the key outcomes around employment, independent living, community inclusion and wellbeing. 

These programmes will be very practical and based in our specialist teaching rooms or in real life settings out in the local community.

Teaching will be ‘tailor made’ to meet your individual needs and interests, and you will have the opportunity to access fully supported work experience within the College or a placement with one of our established providers in the community. 

Skills you will develop:

  • Communication skills
  • Personal and social development
  • Independence
  • Maths and English
  • Teamwork
  • Enterprise
  • Employability skills
  • Road safety/travel training
  • ICT
  • Budgeting and money skills
  • Community inclusion

Work experience is an important part of the programmes and all learners will access this over the course of the year. This will include elements of work-related activities, internal work experience and external work placements to match your EHCP aspirations. Our highly-motivated work experience team will work with you to ensure your placement is suitably challenging and prepares you for the world of work.

Sensory and Communication Pathway: Pre-Entry Level

Your core curriculum includes:

  • Social Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Sensory 
  • Pastoral/British Values

Preparing for Adulthood: Entry Level

Your core curriculum includes:

  • Independence in the Home
  • Social Skills
  • Words and Meaning
  • The World of Number
  • Pastoral/British Values

Preparing for Community Life - Entry Level

Your core curriculum includes:

  • Community Inclusion
  • Travel Training
  • Social Skills
  • Words and Meaning
  • The World of Number
  • Pastoral/ British Values

Preparing for Work - Entry Level

Your core curriculum includes: 

  • Employability
  • Enterprise
  • Words and Meaning
  • The World of Number
  • Pastoral/British Values

Supported Internship

The Supported Internship is an employment-based course open to students with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) between the ages of 18 and 24 years old. It provides a combination of taught sessions and work experience placements and provides opportunities to learn work skills and build confidence in a real place of work. After the supported placements finish, it is hoped that Interns will secure paid employment, either at their place of work or with local employers.


The course runs for one academic year, four days per week. Each Intern will work towards an Award in Skills for Working Life (Entry Level 3) or Employability Skills (Levels 1-2). Interns will also work towards maths and English qualifications, from mini qualifications up to GCSE level. 

We provide each Intern with a person-centred support plan, tailored to meet their needs and skills and match this to job roles within an employer's organisation. They then undertake a rotation of three 10-week work placements, giving them valuable experience in a variety of job roles.

All learners enrolled on the Supported Internship are supported by a Job Coach and Senior Employment Officer in the workplace. There will also be a dedicated member of teaching staff to identify individual requirements, and assess workplace knowledge and skills.

How will I be assessed?

You will work in small groups with highly qualified and experienced tutors and Support Officers, dedicated to ensuring that your learning experience is fun, challenging and meaningful. You will receive support from your own Personal Tutor, who will closely monitor your progress to ensure that your learning journey stays on track. We have strong links with family and professionals, who will be involved in all aspects of your development.

The programme focusses on personalised targets based on meeting the needs of students' EHCP outcomes. Baseline assessments will identify students' starting points and their progress against targets will be closely monitored.

What will this lead to?


Depending on your starting point, your progression could be as follows:

  • Preparing for Work Programme
  • Volunteering & Community Projects
  • Pre-Supported Internship
  • Supported Internship
  • Pathway to Progression or Vocational Level 1 courses 
  • Level 1 in Vocational Faculties
  • Employment

Entry requirements

Entry Level Courses : 
Skills for Life & Work 
No formal qualifications are required for this course, although evidence of personal progression from previous education establishments would be beneficial.  
These courses are specifically designed for learners with a special educational need (SEND). 

Skills & Employability  
English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3  

Full Time ESOL
No formal qualification are required for this course, you will recieve an offer of a place subject to passing an assessment;

Full Time GCSE Re-sit Study Course
You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an assessment. 

Full Time Level 1 Course 
English & Maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & Maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3. 

Full Time Level 2 Course 
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including English and Maths or a vocational qualification Level 1 in the chosen subject, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both English and Maths. 
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.  

Full time Level 3 Course
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including English and Maths) or a vocational qualification Level 2 in the chosen subject,
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 2 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs in some subject areas.  

T Level 
Minimum of 4 GCSE passes but English and Maths GCSE must be Grade 4 or above. 
T levels in Science and Healthcare Science will also require a minimum of a grade 4 in a GCSE Science subject.


How to apply

You can apply for this programme via the Apply Now button, at the top.

If this course area is available as an apprenticeship, this will show under 'Study Option' on the right-hand side, just below the Apply Now button. You can view all of our apprenticeship vacanices and subjects by clicking the 'Apprenticeships' in the top menu.


If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

  • If you're aged 19 or over, you may be eligible for funding towards your course fees. It will depend on your personal circumstances and will be discussed at enrolment. You will be asked to bring documentation with you when you are invited to enrol.
  • If you are aged 19 and over and study Maths or English and do not already hold a C grade/4 or higher in the subject that you are studying, you will get the course for free.
  • If you have any queries please contact us on 0161 785 4039 or email

What happens next?

It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.

Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.

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